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Well Cat Care

KITTENS (Birth – 1 year):

8 WEEKS:

  • Well pet exam – 1st Deworming (roundworms/hookworms)
  • Fecal parasite exam and giardia tests
  • 1st FVRCP (Distemper, Rhinotracheitis and Calicivirus) vaccination
  • Feline Leukemia/Feline Immunosuppressive Virus (FeLV/FIV) blood test
  • Ear mite and ringworm exams
  • Begin monthly heartworm preventative and flea/tick control measures
  • Feed premium quality kitten diet (e.g., Science Diet, Iams, Royal canin)

12 WEEKS:

  • Well pet exam – 2nd Deworming – Fecal parasite exam
  • 2nd FVRCP vaccination
  • 1st Feline Leukemia and 1st FIV vaccinations (recommended for outdoor cats)

16 WEEKS:

  • Well pet exam – Fecal parasite exam
  • 3rd FVRCP (1 year) and Rabies (1 year) vaccinations
  • 2nd Leukemia and 2nd FIV vaccines as indicated (see above)

5 MONTHS:

  • 3rd FIV vaccination as indicated (see above)

6 MONTHS:

  • Spay/neuter (recommended for all cats not intended for breeding or show)
  • Onchyectomy (surgical declaw) can be discussed with your veterinarian
  • Microchip for permanent pet identification (recommended for all pets and – especially for outdoor and FIV vaccinated cats)
  • Repeat Leukemia/FIV blood test (4-6 months after last potential exposure)

ADULTS (1-10 years):

  • Annual physical/dental exam – Dental cleaning when tartar/gingivitis develop
  • FVRCP and Rabies vaccination at 1 year of age and every three years thereafter
  • (in alternating years). Some boarding and grooming facilites require FVRCP every 12 months.
  • Annual Leukemia and FIV vaccines for cats going outdoors
  • Annual fecal parasite exam – giardia test if outdoors – Deworm as needed
  • Administer monthly heartworm preventative and flea/tick control measures
  • Feed premium quality maintenance diet (e.g.. Science Diet, Iams, Royal Canin)

SENIOR ADULTS (8-10 years and older):

  • Semi-annual Senior Wellness Examination
  • Annual senior wellness laboratory testing (bloodwork and urinalysis) – Additional blood tests, X-ray, EKG, ultrasound etc. as indicated
  • Vaccinations and parasite control as for mature adults
  • Feed senior diet or prescription/therapeutic diet as indicated by exam and tests
  • Additional supplements (vitamins, nutroceuticals, chondroprotectants) as needed

HOSPITAL POLICY

For the safety and comfort of your pet, as well as our other patients, all pets admitted to the hospital must be free of parasites and currently vaccinated for FVRCP and Rabies. Leukemia and FIV are recommended for cats that go outdoors. Current is defined as having received an initial series or 1 year booster within the prior 12 months, or FVRCP (3 year) and Rabies (3 year) within the prior three years. Pets without verifiably current vaccinations will be examined and vaccinated upon admission at the standard fee.

VACCINATION SCHEDULES are based on current recommendations of the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association), AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association), and AFPA (American Feline Practioners Association) as well as the observed incidence of disease in our local geographic area, and your pet’s unique lifestyle and risk of exposure.

PARASITE CONTROL PROTOCOLS are based on current recommendations of CAPC (Council for Animal Parasite Control), CDC (Centers for Disease Control) and the American Heartworm Society.